I really wanted to like this book. I find the subject matter fascinating, though Dr. Kurzweil's predictions do seem overly optimistic. The author also seems to take a bit of a meandering path from one concept to another with no solid logical path between them. However, the main reason I rated this book poorly is the narrator. His delivery is so painful I can't listen for more then 20 minutes without drifting off. I wonder if George K. Wilson has already experienced the singularity and all the parts of him that comprise human emotion, personality, and speech have been replaced by artificial components. Yes, it is really that bad. My advice would be buy the book in written format and read it. Unless you're a masochist in which case listening to this book while kneeling on broken glass should be right up your alley!
The prolog to the book and the broad idea it sketches out are very intriguing and thought provoking (so are the charts provided on tantor's site). My interest quickly faded though as I listened to the first 4 hours of the book. I found myself frustrated as Kurzweil would set out a big idea but then do an awful job at pursuing it in more detail. The analysis and argument are not very rigorous or convincing (with the exception of the charts) and the language is dull and repetitive. The dialogues with
This book is amazing, yet intense. It has some parts that can be very "scientific" to the humble reader.
It is ok to let your mind wander while the narrator goes into formulas and other math that you may find difficult. Don't let it ruin your pleasure since this book encompasses some mind opening concepts that you wouldn't find anywhere else.
Imaginative and Intelligent, if a bit quirky.
I have no idea
No, but that would be pretty rare for me.
This is a work written by an inventor of considerable genius who is obsessed with resurrecting his dead father, after which they would live happily ever after - literally. Mr. Kurzwiel believes in the amalgamation of human beings with super-intelligent (and of course immortal) computing machines, which he claims will occur by approximately mid-twentieth century. He posits a rather fascinating and unorthodox
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
I have been a subscriber of Popular Science for over 10 years, and listening to this book continued to remind me of articles I had read, the difference being Pop Sci has Pictures and a lot of reference material. I felt like a lot of the material was repeated over again. There was enough material and a few really well done examples and breakdowns of some complicated area's that I enjoyed and may even listen to it again just to find those parts. I don't feel bad about purchasing it, however I was expecting a little more information about singularity, to me it was more about the history of events leading up to the ideas of singularity and a few hypothesizes on the future with possible dates. There is just something missing.
This book comes in three parts, the middle part had more of what I was looking for. The end of the book. It kept my interest.
For this type of book, I think George did great. He has the same way of speaking that you would find a lot of professors do in University. His voice doesn't put me to sleep and it was not annoying like a few other books I have purchased from Audible.
I enjoyed the formulas on how SETI depicts the possibility of ample life in the galaxy and universe.
I paid over 20 bucks for this book, I am not sure that it was worth that. Half that price would have made me feel a little better about the deal. :)
The writer. He comes to ontological conclusions bordering on serious mysticism.
Automaton, steady, even
This book is one amazing look at the thoughts and predictions of one of the most brilliant visionaries of the 21st century. This book is Kurzweil's tour de force, he has spared no expense (as you can see from the 24 hour length of the recording). The narration can be dry at times, but it is understandable given the technical nature of the material. That said, it is still a great listen, and very informative (even if it feels like he's repeating himself at times).
To give a quick overview of what the book is about (without giving away too much), basically Kurzweil tracks trends in technology, going back hundreds of years (or more), and then predicts what he believes will happen in the near future. And he does not just pull things out of his pants, he does the math and makes very strong cases for all his conjecture. Some of the things discussed include robotics, nano-machines, bio-technology, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the merging of all these things with humans.
It is a very entertaining read for anyone interested in knowing what the future may hold.
Yes, we will use technology to make life better - as much as we can but I see that as part of evolution. The thing that Ray ignores in history are the little hiccups (like the dark ages, ice ages, etc...). He thinks that everything will continue accelerating but in history there are these little speed bumps to consider.
I'm torn on this book. The ideas are interesting. Unfortunately, the author spends way too much time repeating himself and bashing the people that have dared disagree with him.
Say something about yourself!
This is all speculation not taking economics, politics, current sociology or true logics into account.The book violates dozens of fallacies and merrily proceeds to its conclusion.If you believe in the paranormal, then sure, enjoy the fantasy ride.But be aware that the monotone reader and real lack of true evidence will attempt to sway you to a fantasy world similar to those of spiritualism, belief in spectors and mystism.Just total crap.Save your credit or donate it to a worthy cause.Did i also mention boring? *yawn*